Display Measurement

The screen of the iPhone SE shouldn’t be much different to that of the iPhone 8. It’s still an LCD IPS display, but it’s also one of the best on the market, even though the resolution is quite low. 

We move on to the display calibration and fundamental display measurements of the iPhone SE screen. As always, we thank X-Rite and SpecraCal, as our measurements are performed with an X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, with the exception of black levels which are measured with an i1Display Pro colorimeter. Data is collected and examined using Portrait Display's CalMAN software.

Display Measurement - Maximum Brightness

In terms of brightness, the iPhone SE comes in at a maximum of 675 nits, which is in line with Apple’s previous generation LCD devices. It’s not quite as bright as the OLED iPhone 11’s and this can be noticeable in bright daylight, but it’s otherwise a very acceptable result.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In terms of greyscale calibration, minus a gamma that’s slightly too high and by a bit off with slightly darker tones, the color accuracy of the iPhone SE is dead-on. Whites come in at 6492K is almost perfect, and in general the color error is below a dEITP of 1.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Saturation calibration is also extremely good, with only a quite larger overshoot towards the higher saturation reds.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In the GMB test, the display is incredibly accurate with a color error of only 0.99 dEITP, only slightly worsened by the very slightly off gamma and darker tones for a total of 2.12 dEITP.

Overall, the iPhone SE’s display is in line with what we’ve seen on the iPhone 8. It’s amongst the best LCD screens in the market, even though by now it’s been outpaced in terms of brightness output and evidently resolution.

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  • star-affinity - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - link

    Why is it wasted? Should make it last many years, as long as the 3 GB RAM doesn't limit it, that is… Reply
  • nfineon - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    // EUROPE PRICES (in usd)

    $532 belgium
    $610 bosnia
    $575 croatia
    $513 czech
    $539 denmark
    $521 germany
    $531 spain
    $531 france
    $542 ireland
    $542 italy
    $513 luxembourg
    $521 nederlands
    $512 norway
    $521 austria
    $527 poland
    $542 poland
    $542 portugal
    $464 switzerland
    $542 finland
    $608 serbia
    $517 uk
    EU Average Price = $536 usd

    // ASIA PACIFIC (in usd)
    aus $473
    hkd $439
    kor $446
    myr $459
    nzd $477
    php $523
    sgd $455
    twd $482
    thb $461
    mop $439
    AP Average Price = $466 usd

    $399 is only the promotional price used in the US (not including tax), the actual price globally is higher. Europe gets hit the hardest with the average price about $536, Asia Pacific is about $466 average and no pricing data yet for Latin America. This brings the current world average price to +/- $500 usd.

  • zeeBomb - Saturday, May 16, 2020 - link

    The best review. My goodness. Reply
  • sdfdsf - Thursday, May 28, 2020 - link

    mn Reply
  • techjam - Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - link

    Wow I can't believe the love this phone is getting.

    Such an outdated design, CPU and GPU performance matter so little to the consumer now. They've been more than powerful enough for years.

    To put out such a lazy rehashed design just shows how complacent Apple are and the fact it's getting such praise shows just why they have gotten so complacent.

    This simply wouldn't be acceptable in the Android world.
  • nd_marshall - Sunday, June 21, 2020 - link

    It's like putting a Ferrari engine in a Lada. Reply
  • DuranArturo - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Well, the novelty not only overtook the iPhone XR and older models, which is natural, but even slightly ahead of the iPhone 11. However, the difference is insignificant, and the screen resolution (which has the iPhone 11 above) should not be written off. In the iPhone SE "honest" flagship SoC. Phones become faster and more convenient, but do not forget about their safety. I learned a lot about protecting my data on the site http://nnabags.com/espia/revision-de-mspy.html But it is interesting to compare the iPhone SE with the iPhone 7: the current model in most tests overtook the old man almost twice. The difference with the iPhone 8 is also significant. Reply

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